It seems that Google has made promoting environmentally sustainable products one of its major aims. Google said that it is using recycled material on all its new consumer hardware offerings with a view towards making more environmentally sustainable products. The company revealed that it is using recycled materials in its Pixel 5 smartphone and Nest Audio speaker.
On Monday, in an official blog post, Google claimed that the back cover of the Pixel 5 is made out of 100% recycled aluminum. This makes the Pixel 5 smartphone the first Pixel or Nexus smartphone to incorporate reclaimed metal ever.
Earlier, Google had committed itself to use recycled materials across all its products by 2022 but now the company is claiming that it has already hit that target now earlier than the deadline set.
According to Google, the use of recycled aluminum not only eliminates the use of mined aluminum, thereby reducing waste but it also lowers the carbon footprint of manufacturing the enclosure by 35% if compared with using virgin aluminum.
Google has revealed that as of now, the new Nest Audio contains 70% recycled plastic across its enclosure parts including the acoustic fabric. Note that it is covered in the same sustainable fabric that Google first introduced last year with the Nest Mini. Last, but not least, Google is also claiming that the trim plate of the latest Nest Thermostat is made from 75% post-consumer recycled plastic.
This is just amazing. If giant companies like Google promote a sustainable environment through recycling then many other companies will soon follow it, which will add some positive externality.
Google stated this regarding the incorporation of recycled materials in its hardware design“not only supports our sustainability commitments but also enables our supply chain partners to confidently invest in and develop these types of materials so that the wider consumer electronics industry can use them too.”
The company is now committing to use recycled or renewable material in at least 50% of all plastic used across its hardware products by 2025. Google said, “We hope this is a milestone on the path to a future where we design out waste and pollution and keep materials in use longer.”
The best part is Google is not only focusing on using recycled materials, part from it, the company is also aiming at reducing the number of waste materials in its products. The company said it is committing to achieving UL 2799 Zero Waste to Landfill certification at all final assembly manufacturing sites by 2022. This certification means that the vast majority of waste from those operations will be recycled.
Apart from this, the company also said that it will continue to maintain its carbon-neutral rating for the shipping of all “Made by Google” hardware to and from its direct customers.
In order to ensure that the product box itself is sustainable and recyclable, the company said it is committing to making all its product packaging 100% plastic-free and 100% recyclable by the end of the year 2025.